Intelligent Molecular Model Kit and Software Suite for Improving High School Chemistry Instruction and Student Achievement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: ED-07-CO-0044
Agency Tracking Number: ED-07-CO-0044
Amount: $99,438.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: errd080008
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
411 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 21390
DUNS: 143412471
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Sherman Woody
 (617) 576-9555
 woody@molysym.com
Business Contact
 Keith Donaldson
Phone: (617) 576-9555
Email: karl@molysym.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Model perception and understanding the spatial structure of organic molecules have historically been a source of difficulty for high school chemistry students. The classic ball-and-stick model, developed in 1865, is still used today to convey the fundamental characteristics of a molecular system. This model is an inadequate representation of a dynamic system, which fails to accurately represent the true relationship between the model and physical properties of the system. Furthermore, students may unknowingly construct a molecule that simply cannot exist in nature, often reinforcing incorrect perceptions of molecular systems rather than teaching valid chemical principles. The purpose of this project is to produce an intelligent molecular modeling kit and software suite for advanced placement chemistry classes for real-time communication between the hand-held physical model and the virtual software model to enable users to view changes in properties as they manipulate the molecular model in their hands.

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